Tech is not just great in an emergency - it has been proved to be a valuable support for well-run schools. How can we use positive experiences to help teachers and students and support a better response?
We know the background - the fast changes demanded by our response to COVID-19 - and BCS and CAS have recently undertaken a digital divide survey that analysed device use, teacher skills and more.
Chair: Brian Runciman MBCS, Head of Content and Insight at BCS
Jonathan is CEO and Executive Headteacher of the Cornerstone Academy Trust. Its founding school, Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS), is an oversubscribed and successful Outstanding school. It is also a Microsoft Showcase School and Microsoft Training Academy and as a Microsoft Innovative Educator, Jonathan has pioneered the use of digital technologies in the classroom.
Dawn is Lead Teacher, Edtech and Computing, at Bentley Federation in Walsall, West Midlands. The Lead Teacher role is varied and involves: managing IT staff, policies, online safety, procurement, infrastructure, project management, curriculum development and assessment. Teaching and training is core to the role and this includes delivering / modelling computing lessons and training staff in all aspects of technology use. Most recently this has focused on managing the transition to Google for Education and ensuring that online learning has been accessible to all during lockdown.
Niel is Head of Education at BCS. He managed the Network of Excellence to support over 30,000 computing teachers across the UK and developed the submission to the Treasury leading to the then Chancellor announcing a £100 million training programme for Computing teachers. He also worked with partners in a consortium to deliver a successful bid to deliver the new National Centre for Computing Education and recruited the network of regional delivery partners and school-based computing hubs to support the NCCE.